The Winnipeg Police Service tracks 10 specific criminal offenses on Crimestat.
During the month of September, 2011, Crimestat reported that for those 10 specific crimes, 787 offences were committed, city-wide.
In September 2011 the Winnipeg Police Service issued 26 News Releases. In those 26 news releases, however, the Service made reference to only 10 of the 787 offences reported on Crimestat during September.
The table below shows the disparity between offences committed and offences reported on:
|Crime Type||Offences committed||Offences reported|
|Attempted Auto Theft||69||0|
It is of interest to note that the September 27th release makes reference to an arrest of a suspect for 6 commercial robberies committed on September 16th and 17th. Information that this robbery spree was in progress might have been of interest to merchants in the area on the dates when it was taking place.
This brings to mind Brian Kelcey’s recent op-ed in the Winnipeg Free Press in which he makes reference to running the City of Winnipeg on “spin”.
I suppose if the Police Service were to provide more information on muggings and sexual assaults it would become evident that the majority of those offences occurred in the downtown and the immediate north end of the city. That would not be good for the image of the downtown which is being “spun” as safe. During the month of September, 59 of the 111 muggings reported city-wide were committed in District 1, which encompasses the downtown area. The Crimestat map below shows what it looks like when these 59 offences are mapped:
Not a pretty picture and pretty difficult to spin.
When it comes to spin, George Orwell perhaps said it best, “He who controls the present controls the past, he who controls the past controls the future”.